Margarita Engle is one of our favorite authors at Vamos a Leer, so I was incredibly excited to see The Hispanic Reader’s post with an interview with Engle! I had to reblog. Our book group loves her novels in verse! This is a great lead-in to our upcoming posts for National Poetry Month.
Margarita Engle has tapped into her Cuban-American heritage to create award-winning children’s books about the history of the island.
Her latest book, The Lightning Dreamer, Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist, is out March 19. The story depicts the life of poet and abolitionist Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda in free verse.
In 2009, Engle was the first Latino/a to win the Newbery Honor Award for The Surrender Tree, about a nurse who helps those while war rages in Cuba in 1896. That book also won the Pura Belpré Prize, which honors children’s books that depict the Latino experience.
She also won the Pura Belpré Prize in 2008 for The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano.
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